The first Noroster of the season hit Long Island on Saturday morning and brought extensive moderate coastal flooding to some South Shore communities – and localized, large coastal flooding in some places, meteorologists said.
The Long Island Rail Road reported flooding on the tracks near Island Park Station causing the temporary suspension of service in both directions on the Long Beach Branch.
There were several meters of water along parts of the nautical mile in the village of Freeport before noon Saturday, according to residents and officials.
"It's the highest amount of water we've had since Sandy" Mayor Robert T Kennedy said: The village was one of the hardest hit areas on Long Island by superstorm Sandy in 2012.
The National Weather Service reported that tidal levels reached 7.15 feet in Freeport – as a "big flood stage" with Point Lookout and East Rockaway fell just short of the "big" threshold, meteorologists said.
The Weather Service said on Twitter at 10:30 that he had received a report on widespread floods at the Island Park, with water about 3
Robert Feuring, owner of Sea Isle Tackle on Guy Lombardo Avenue in Freeport, He said he had about three meters of water in front of his building, but he did not go to the store.  Get the Breaking News Newsletter!
The water began to rise around 9:30 am and returned by noon, Feuring said.
"It's not the first we've gone through," he said about the storm. "It's not common, but we've seen many of them, and it generally takes a big hurricane to spot damage in the area."
Feuring had 4 feet of water in his shop during his superstorm Sandy. He has since raised the control boxes, and everything important, such as computers, is out of reach of potential floods, he said.
Nassau's water levels gradually became smaller on early Saturday afternoon, but the water level in Suffolk County continued to rise, near Amityville, Lindenhurst, Babylon and Islip, where communities expected a flooding of 2 to 3 feet, said meteorologist Nelson Vaz
"It's at the top end of some of the Nor Easters we had," Vaz said. "We have not seen these levels in a couple of years, it's nothing close to Sandy, but that comes from a combination of strong winds and full moon that created high tides earlier in the week."
The water level on the north coast Long Island Sound rose in areas such as Ashokar, Bayville, Port Jefferson, and Port Washington. It was expected that floods at the North Shore would be less prevalent, but could lead to a flooding of 2 to 3 feet.
Heavy rain and high winds were also a problem for the North Americans, prompting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to direct regional emergency centers and regional emergency shelters in Long Island and other storm-affected parts of the state to stay active and to have staff.
Forty-eight Department of Transportation employees were sent to Long Island and the Mid-Hudson Valley, Cuomo's office said in a press release.
After Peter Wichrowski, a weather forecaster at the National Weather Service in Upton, fell at 7:15 clock half a inch of rain. It was expected to drop a total of 1 to 2 inches during the day.
News 12 Long Island Meteorologist Bruce Avery described it as a "raw, rainy day," and there were concerns over power outages with tree branches while fasting (19659003) Fewer than 1,500 customers were affected in Nassau County and about 5,500 in Suffolk County PSEG Long Island reported just before 1:00 pm There were also delays at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports in Queens, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.
Ostsuffolk has a strong wind warning until 5pm and a wind recommendation until 5pm. Saturday in Nassau and West Suffolk, according to the weather service. The service has issued alerts on the entire island on Saturday afternoon on the entire island, as well as an overnight coastal overflow report on the South Shore, starting at 10 pm. until 2 o'clock Sunday There is a high surf advice for the South Shore until 14 o'clock. Sunday.
A storm warning applies to rough seas for marine waters until 16 o'clock. and the eastern Long Island Sound until 6 pm, the weather service said. There is a storm warning for western Long Island Sound until 6pm.
In Freeport, the village had garrison troops in army vehicles to gain access to flooded areas, and police are "as usual" at work, Kennedy said. "There is nothing out of the ordinary today except flooding on the roads."
The village also sent robocalls to residents and asked them to park their cars in public parking lots. Disabled parking is still in effect, but counters will be suspended until Sunday afternoon, so residents can park for free on the grounds, Kennedy said.
"It's not so bad, but we have to solve it once and for all and that's why I've pushed the surge protection gates," he said. The village is currently working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to investigate whether it is possible to install locks near Jones Inlet and Reynolds Channel, Kennedy said.
The afternoon rain is expected to lighten in the afternoon and be interrupted. Wichrowski said:
Northeast winds could bring gusts of over 50 mph, he said, especially against the twin forks. It is predicted that the winds will weaken during the night of Saturday.
Top wind gusts were registered in Shinnecock and Bayville at 60 mph, the service said.
Overnight, high temperatures in the mid-to-late 50s are expected in lows in the upper 40s, he said.
As the coastal storm moves north into New England, the sunny sky will return on Sunday, Wichrowski said.
The Suffolk County Marathon runners on Sunday will see a "much nicer" but cool day, Avery said. Sunday will be mostly dry with late morning and afternoon sunshine and high temperatures in the mid to upper 50s, Wichrowski said.
John Asbury covers the city of Hempstead and the city of Long Beach with Stefanie Dazio